There is nutrition for the body, its physicality. There is nutrition for the spirit or the soul. Art should act for the viewer as the latter. In other words it should “feed” the soul, enliven the spirit, transcend all that is mundane.
In these times, the need to “feed” the soul is all that much more needed. Art should succeed in this aspect. It does not always do this for people.
A lot of artists try to shock, to jolt the viewer. Some artists, I frankly have to state, just are not good at their craft. I teach art. I have seen wonderful art come out of work done by students who really have not attempted to do art before. I have seen shoddy or mediocre work produced by so-called “trained artists” who truly think they are awesome.
In this day and age, there is a growing believe that art education is not necessary. Einstein said “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” I am sad to tell you, many of our young children do not have much in the way of imagination. They cannot visualize. They are not encouraged to imagine.
We want a world of scientists and mathematicians! Yet we create toys and pass-times that leave no latitude for creativity. With no creativity we have people who are robots, worker bees, that cannot create a new item. Yet Albert Einstein stated: The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.
A human can do anything, create anything, go further, reach higher if we just are able to imagine it. Take the Wii and other game systems out of the children’s hands, turn off the television and give them a few crayons and paper.
What would your child do?